I’m reading “The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life” by John Daido Loori . I just finished reading “Writing Down the Bones” by Natalie Goldberg and all the while I was reading it, I kept asking myself what took me so long to read this! I loved it. There are portions of the book, certain essays that I will most certainly go back to time and again because they truly spoke to me. I love when that happens.
Right now, reading for “fun” seems almost frivolous to me. I need to be reading for mind fuel. “The Zen of Creativity” is certainly perfect in that regard. Things I need to be reminded of such as remembering to write for me, not for anyone else. To not write for approval. To be true to my creative spirit. It’s a hard pill to swallow for me because I am a pleaser. I live to make life easier for everyone else around me. It’s how I’ve always been. Maybe that doesn’t make any sense in regards to writing. I am not trying to pander to anyone in my writing, but I DO worry that WHAT I write will disappoint certain people. If I am to remain true to my creative self then the things I write will most certainly offend someone, somewhere. It just cannot be helped. But isn’t the whole point of creating something to provoke emotion be it good or bad?
Yes, I know I’ve talked about this before. But it is something I keep coming back to because it is a thorn in my side that I keep trying to pull out. I think that is why “The Zen of Creativity” is hitting me at just the right time right now.
We are all creative beings in some way or another. How we create, what we create, when we create is what separates us and also what unites us. The important thing is to realize ourselves in the creative sense. Acknowledge our own truth. Then go forth and create!